The National Portrait Gallery has discovered hidden paintings beneath Tudor portraits in the Collection. The discoveries are displayed from today as part of Hidden: Unseen Paintings Beneath Tudor Portraits in the recently remodelled Room 3; admission if free.
Recent analysis undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project used scientific techniques to analyse the portraits in the display to increase the understanding of the working practices of Tudor artists. The project has used infrared reflectography and x-radiography to explore the processes employed in making these portraits, which has enabled examination of the layers beneath the paint surface. It was during this technical research that hidden images behind the portraits were discovered.
X-rays revealed that underneath the portrait of the Lord Treasurer and poet Thomas Sackville (by an unknown artist in 1601), was a fully worked up version of The Flagellation of Christ painted under the surface.… [continue reading]